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Things to do in Brigham, Cumbria

Interior, St Bridget's Church, Brigham © Gwyn Lishman
Interior, St Bridget's Church, Brigham © Gwyn Lishman

Most of Brigham village is on high ground above 2 worked-out 19th century limestone quarries full of wildlife. The A66, which replaced an old railway, is the main route into Brigham.

The turn-off passes the ancient church of St. Bridget's, a Lakeland mother church which houses several substantial carved stone cross pieces dating from the 9th century.

Fletcher Christian, the Bounty mutineer, was baptised at Brigham, George Fox converted a Brigham minister to Quakerism in the church and William Wordsworth wrote poetry here as his son was Vicar of Brigham for 40 years.

A fine mid 14th century chantry chapel occupies the South aisle and the Victorian stencilled roofs and stunning stained glass windows are also major features. Hundreds of massive gravestones, locally crafted, fill the old churchyard.

On Low Road, to the West is a Primary School, whilst across the road from the church is a Social Club and Caravan site. Up in High Brigham is a Village Hall which runs a wide and varied range of events, along with an Art Gallery, a busy Village Store and a fine Methodist Chapel with Meeting Room.

There are many quaint old houses in the old part of Brigham and a number of new estates and individual properties enjoy wide views of the Lakeland fells.

Anglers can enjoy coarse fishing in ponds near a small stream and there is rewarding birdwatching all around the village.

Description by Mr Eric Paul Lishman

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